ABA SEER’s 50th Spring Conference on Environmental Law

April 27, 2021

The American Bar Association’s Section of Environmental, Energy, and Resources (SEER) is hosting its 50th Spring Conference virtually, April 27-30, 2021.

SCS Engineers is a Gold Sponsor of the conference, and SCS Senior Vice President of Environmental Services, Mike McLaughlin, PE, JD, is participating in the conference, which will consist of a series of webinars, networking events, expert insight panels, and more.

This virtual conference celebrates the past, examines the present, and challenges us to make the future better. This year’s conference will have a special focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the practice of law, and environmental justice issues.

All environmental, energy, and resources practitioners are invited to attend as the conference marks its 50th anniversary. Since 1971, the Spring Conference (once known informally as the Keystone Conference) has been a leading forum for the discussion of current issues in environmental, energy, and resources law.

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available at the Gold, Silver and 50th Anniversary Legal Leader levels.  For more information about sponsorship, contact Dana Jonusaitis.

Section members can earn up to 11 hours of CLE credit in 60-minute states—and 13.2 hours of CLE credit in 50-minute states. And, if you are unable to attend any sessions in real time, they can be viewed at a later date on demand.

Highlights of the conference include:

  • A plenary session on April 27 where experts will consider the current landscape for key rulemakings and discuss what steps the Biden Environmental Protection Agency is likely to take
  • A second plenary session will offer a primer on diversity, equity, and inclusion and environmental law.
  • A third plenary session will discuss the history of environmental justice to examine where the paths of traditional environmental law and environmental justice have diverged, current efforts to prioritize environmental justice, and practical opportunities for lawyers to contribute to solutions.
  • Panel discussions will consider environmental justice concerns and outcomes with respect to brownfields cleanups, electrification of the transportation sector, air quality violations at hazardous waste sites,
  • Answering the question: Where do the Clean Air Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act meet?
  • Tribal resource management practices to better prepare for and address environmental crises like wildfires.
  • Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) trends and legal developments.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2020 County of Maui decision, with an eye toward identifying who needs a permit for discharges to groundwater and in what circumstances.
  • A special event to honor the conference’s 50th Anniversary.

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Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am

ABA Virtual SEER 28th Fall Conference

October 19, 2020

The American Bar Association’s Section of Environmental, Energy, and Resources is hosting is 28th Annual Conference virtually, October 19 – 27, 2020.

SCS Engineers Senior Vice President of Environmental Services, Mike McLaughlin, PE, JD, will participate in the conference, which will consist of a series of webinars, networking events, fun activities, a keynote address, expert insight panels, and 15 individual panels, scheduled so you can participate in all of them.  Attendees will also have access to a bonus ethics panel, which will be held the week after the conference. In addition, two panels will be featured as free pre-conference webinars.

This virtual conference experience will feature a comprehensive program addressing a wide range of pressing issues facing environment, energy, and resource practitioners, such as:

  • The impacts of climate change on the practice of environmental, energy, and resources law;
  • Enforcement in the midst of federal deregulation;
  • The regulatory life of an interstate pipeline;
  • Plastic pollution: responsibility, liability, and legal solutions; and
  • Skills to effectively engage with agencies.

The ABA will seek 21.5 hours of CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 25.8 hours of CLE credit for this program in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

To balance out all that time at your computer, organizers are offering fitness options with a virtual SEER Run Club, yoga, and group bike rides. Returning to the conference this year is the round-table committee networking, the Public Service Project, and “Taste of SEER.” For something more relaxed, you can also connect with fellow attendees during the virtual wine-tasting event.

For more information, visit https://www.americanbar.org/



Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am

48th ABA SEER Spring Conference in Denver March 27-29

March 18, 2019

Speakers include Andrew Wheeler, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency discussing regulatory policy about the environment, energy, and resources.  SCS a proud sponsor looks forward to seeing you there!

A few of the topics of this year’s conference will include water law, brownfields, public service, fracking, enforcement, grid resiliency, PFAS, mineral exploration, and more, even the environmental implications of the new cannabis industry.


Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am